Why did so many Western-bound wagon trains use oxen instead or horses of mules?

Why did so many Western-bound wagon trains use oxen instead or horses of mules?

Joshua Young
Star Valley, Arizona

Oxen were slower than mules or horses, but they had their advantages, such as they ate less, required less  care, and they could pull heavier loads. And while a mule or horse could cost $90, an ox could be bought for about $50.

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